Certificate of Achievement in Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

This certificate provides students with the requisite coursework to teach in the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) setting. The courses offered in this TK Certificate will prepare students to specifically work with four and five-year-old children, with an emphasis on the California Preschool Learning Foundations and how to create a developmentally appropriate environment for young children. This certificate meets the California 24-unit requirement in early childhood education for PK-3 credentialed teachers. 

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate curriculum to support the development and learning of young children enrolled in a TK program.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of culturally and linguistically relevant curriculum and approaches to support children and their families in a TK program, including incorporation of the California Preschool Learning Foundations.
  • Observe and assess the knowledge, learning, and progress of TK children as it relates to the five learning domains (social-emotional, language, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive). 

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for further education or future employment in the following fields: Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Preschool Teacher, Kindergarten-3rd grade teacher. This certificate meets the 24-unit requirement for students who intend to transfer and attempt achievement of a California PK-3 credential. 

Program Requirements 

CHLD 039Child Development-DS 13
CHLD 042Child, Family & Society-DS23
CHLD 126Observation and Assessment - DS33
CHLD 134Understanding Child Abuse3
CHLD 152School-Age Child Care-DS53
CHLD 154Introduction to Children with Special Needs3
CHLD 158Teaching in a Diverse Society3
Select three units from the following courses:
CHLD 140Principles of Early Childhood Education - DS33
CHLD 146Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs3

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Consumer Family Studies Division Chair.